:: Jan de Wulf

Izveštavanje iz Čačka, 2010

Naoružan kamerom i kratkotalasnim radio-primopredajnikom, Jan De Vulf je hodao kroz Čačak. Primopredajnik je spojio sa malom digitalnom kamerom postavljenom u ranac i time je tokom šest dana pratio svoju naizgled nasumičnu putanju. Isti uređaji se koriste za prikaz radova na izložbi. Kamera je korišćena za njenu osnovnu funkciju a to je da se snimi određeno mesto u datom trenutku. Spojeni primopredajnik dodaje slici zvuk radija koji se dešava u stvarnom vremenu. Za ovaj rad su odabrane tri radio stanice: CRI (Kineski Internacionalni Radio), Deutsche Welle, i Radio Beograd. Izbor je napravljen na osnovu informativnih vrednosti emisija a te su vrednosti korištene da redefinišu mapu Čačka. Određena zemlja, spomenuta u emisiji, obeležava nove geografske granice i zone na već postojećoj mapi Čačka. Putanja je osmišljena kao podskup mesta od klasične strateške vrednosti: mostovi na Moravi, glavna raskršća na prilazu gradu i planina Kablar sa koje se vidi površina čitavog grada. Iako je originalna zamisao bila da se stvore nove granice grada, stvarni pristup tokom obilaženja stvorio je vlastite parametre. Različiti termini emitovanja emisija inostranih radio stanica prinudili su umetnika da ponovo pretraži kratkotalasno frekventno područje u potrazi za novim sadržajima. Tokom pretrage nailazio je na nove kanale kao što su Španski internacionalni program, Arapska radio stanica i fragmentirane regionalne i muzičke hit programe. Sama konfiguracija terena kojim se umetnik kretao je takodje uticala na pojavu odredjeneih smetnji, što je prouzrokovalo prekid zvuka, međusobno poništavanje frekvencija ili velika iskrivljenja prijema u blizini kablova visokog napona. Takodje dešavao se i gubitak signala prouzrokovan rastinjem i prirodnim preprekama. Kombinacija tako dobijenog zvuka i video slike stvara specifičnu atmosferu kao što je slika industrijskog predgradja Čačka pomešana sa nemačkim poslovnim vestima sa radija Dojče Vele, ili prelazak preko važnog mosta dok radio poziva na molitvu za početak islamskog praznika Ramazana. Rezultat ovako redefinisane mape je splet raznovrsnih internacionalizovanih zona koje su podložne menjanju u skladu sa sadržajem emisija i njihovom vremenu emitovanja. Jan De Vulf je na ovaj način prikupio preko deset sati materijala, koji se prikazuje u nasumično izrezanim kraćim sekvencama tokom celokupnog trajanja izložbe.

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Covering Čačak, 2010

Armed with a camera and a shortwave world transceiver, Jan De Wulf walked around the city of Čačak. An apparent random trajectory was followed for a period of 6 days. Jan De Wulf connected the transceiver to a small digital camera mounted on his backpack. These tools were used to cover the work that is shown in this exhibition. The camera is used only as its inherent function: to record a given place at a given time. The connected transceiver adds a layer of live radio-sound to the image. Initially 3 radio-stations were chosen to walk with : CRI (china radio international), Deutsche Welle and radio Beograd. The choice was made on the informational value of their broadcasting, used to redefine the map of Čačak. The country of interest that was mentioned in the broadcast marked new geographical borders and zones on the existing map of Čačak. The trajectory was conceived as a subset of places with classic strategic value; bridges across the Morava river, major junctions on access-points to the city and mount Kablar that provides an overview of the entire city. Although the initial set-up was to create new borders, everyday reality during the walks created some of its own. Time schedules of the foreign radio-channels forced the artist to rescan the shortwave band for new content. In doing so new channels came up such as an international Spanish broadcast, an Arabic radio-station and some sound-bits of regional- and hit-music. The landscape itself was responsible for a different kind of glitch, which caused the audio to fall out in tunnels or distort in the vicinity of high voltage cables. The signal loss caused by nature’s overgrowth was amongst the things the artist encountered. The combination with the video creates a specific atmosphere such as the images of the industrial outskirts of Čačak combined with German business-news from Deutsche Welle or crossing an important bridge while the radio calls for Islamic prayer at the beginning of Ramadan. The result of the redefined map is a patchwork of different internationalized zones consistent with the content of the broadcast at that time. Jan De Wulf gathered over 10 hours of footage during his walks that is screened over the entire time of the exhibition although cut into different shorter clips that are played randomly.